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Greenglass House is a 2014 young adult novel by Kate Milford. Happily Adopted 12-year-old Milo is home for winter break, and is hoping for a relaxing time with his parents. But when your parents run an old inn, famous for having been a hideout of one of the greatest smugglers of all time, with mysterious stained glass windows in every wall, and possible hidden treasure, and then an assorted group of smugglers, scholars, and misfits show up as inn guests, all bets on a quiet holiday are off.

Milo meets the inn's cook's daughter for the first time, a girl his age named Meddy, and they make a game of figuring out the guests' secrets. Meddy plays a D&D-like game called Odd Trails, and she and Milo create characters to roleplay as, which also helps Milo get over his shyness and anxiety.

Has a direct sequel, Ghosts of Greenglass House, and a spiritual prequel of sorts, The Left-Handed Fate, with another prequel, Bluecrowne, being released in late 2018.

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  • All That Glitters: Occurs in the climax; De Cary Vinge, an amateur historian or rather a customs agent with a grudge, comes to the inn hoping to find legendary smuggler Doc Holystone's lost treasure. Milo finds the treasure and it's a tabletop game figurine Doc made for his daughter Addie.
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Big Fancy House: Greenglass House itself
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: Clem is this, but played with. She IS a cat burglar, but she's not vampy, she's an athletic, red-haired Genki Girl.
  • Dead All Along: Meddy, a.k.a. Addie Whitcher, daughter of Doc Holystone.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Georgie and Clem. Both are professional thieves that met through their work, but any hostility between them comes off as sisterly ribbing.
  • Happily Adopted: Milo is an adopted kid of Chinese ethnicity, whose parents are white. Aside from wondering about his birth parents and some feelings of guilt from it, it's mostly a non-issue.
  • Outlaw Town: The book's setting, the city of Nagspeake, is this to a T, with a heaping helping of City of Adventure.
  • Thieves' Guild
  • Triang Relations: Type 3.
  • Love Triangle: Georgie and Clem both love the same man, Owen. In the end, Clem wins.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Georgie

    Ghosts of Greenglass House 
  • Fictional Country: It's implied that the town of Nagspeake is its own sovereign state, somewhere between the United States and Canada. It's definitely not a part of the U.S., as Georgie refers to an American quarter as "foreign currency."
  • Outlaw Town: The Asylum is like an Outlaw Town within the larger Outlaw Town of Nagspeake, in that it provides shelter for criminals on the run.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: Turns out the ghost of Doc Holystone was a man trying to trick Milo.
  • Stern Chase
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